MSF began activities in Italy in the second week of March, when it was the second-most affected country after China.
We began supporting infection control and prevention and patient care in four hospitals in the northern epicentre and expanded activities to support family doctors and healthcare workers assisting people under isolation at home, as well as the staff of a nursing home for the elderly where cases had been detected.
In Marche in central Italy, we have increased our support to a network of 30 retirement homes in several cities, to help prevent the infection spreading.
In Rome, MSF has launched an emergency response focusing on a mobile clinic and health promotion, at Selam Palace. The building is home to more than 500 refugees, mostly coming from the Horn of Africa.
Today there are about fifty MSF staff involved in the response to COVID-19 in Italy.